Summer Linen Dress

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dress: Free People // Sandals: Nordstrom (similar)
Summer comes early in San Diego and with that so does Summer fashion. It's beginning to warm up so I've been on the search for pieces I can wear that are nice and airy, keeping me cool from the heat, while still looking cute. 
I can have quite a hard time finding a summer dress. I need something that is comfortable, not going to make me burn to death in the hot summer days, fits me just right and fits my personal style. Basically, finding a good summer dress often takes a whole lot of time and endless searching for me. So when I do come across something that meets these requirements, you know I'll be wearing it all summer long. 
A few weeks ago I came across this adorable Free People dress at Nordstrom and just fell in love with it. It is super comfortable and light weight, perfect for hot days. It also fit me very well and came in the cutest pattern! I've been obsessed with this beige/cream striped print for a while, especially on linen fabric, but until now I had only seen it on tops or maxi dresses. I also love finding a summer dress that has a a short to mid length sleeve (which can be quite difficult to find in the summer months), and the sleeve on this dress was the perfect length and has the cutest flouncy bell at the bottom of the sleeve. This linen piece fit all my requirements for that perfect summer dress. Let's just say you're sure to see me wearing it a lot! I wore this dress out to dinner last night to one of my favorite restaurants, Indigo Grill in Little Italy, San Diego. It was the perfect outfit for a warm night out with friends! I chose to pair this dress with my favorite pair of gladiators and some loose beachy waves. I've linked the dress below along with some other Summer Linen Dresses I'm loving.


Achieving the Perfect Pout

Thursday, May 18, 2017

 Trying to achieve that perfect full pout while not like you've outlined your lips beyond oblivion can be extremely tricky. I'm sure many of you have also tried to master the art of the perfect pout. I've learned from trial and error and have gotten it down to a simple process that works on me as well as anyone who I've tried it on! Since I don't have the fullest lips, this process definitely creates the illusion of a much fuller pout for me. 
Along with creating an illusion of fuller lips I also want to share a product with you guys that has actually made my lips fuller over time. I've tried just about every product on the market claiming that it can make your lips grow fuller permanently and this product is the only one that actually delivers on that promise. Its the City Lips plumping gloss! If you aren't familiar with this product, its a gloss that stimulates new collagen development in the area applied. I used this gloss for a month twice daily and definitely could see a difference in my before and after shots. Another reason why I love this product is that it also plumps as soon as you apply it so it's perfect to use before creating your fuller lip look with makeup! Now that you know about this awesome plumper you can use it as part of your routine to achieving the perfect pout!

My 3 Steps for Achieving the Perfect Pout:

  1. Apply City Lips plumping gloss and allow 10 minutes for it to plump your lips then gently dab the gloss off of your lips. 
  2. Now that your lips are a bit plumper and moisturized, use a matte lip liner to line your lips, very subtly outlining the cupid's bow. Also outline the lower lip just at the middle underneath where the lip begins to fold. For the rest of the lips, just apply the lip liner on your actual lip line. Fill in the rest of lips entirely with the liner and lightly blot it with your finger tips to ensure it is smooth and even. (Here I am using Bite Beauty lip liner in the shade 050)
  3. Lastly, apply a creamy lipstick similar to the shade of your liner that is slightly translucent. This is key is making your pout look natural and not overly matte and chalky. (Here I am using MAC lipstick in Hug Me)





Real Girl's Guide to Getting that Highlight

Monday, May 8, 2017

I've always felt that there is a disconnect between the astounding makeup we see makeup artists post on Instagram and youtube and the makeup most of us wear on a day to day basis. There are thousands of tutorials and instructional posts showing you how to achieve any given look or technique but from my own experience, unless you are quite the master of makeup application it can be honestly difficult to come close to achieving the flawless makeup our favorite makeup gurus post. 
One of the biggest challenges in this department is achieving the perfectly glowing highlight that can be seen from a mile away yet doesn't look like costume makeup. I've worn highlighter for years now and never understood why no matter how much I applied it wouldn't be nearly as visible on me as it was on my favorite my makeup artist's on instagram. While capturing makeup on camera is a challenge of it's own, I want to share with you how I have learned to achieve the perfect highlight.

This is the real girl's guide to achieving that highlight:

  1. Not all highlighters are created equal: There is a huge variety of highlighters on the market, from liquid, to cream to powdered. A large part of deciding what formula of highlighter you want depends on what other makeup you are going to be wearing. For example, I wear a mineral powder foundation, so a liquid highlighter underneath the foundation is not going to be very visible on me. This is why I opt for a powder highlighter. 
  2. Picking the right shade for your skin tone: Obviously you don't want to buy too dark of a shade that it won't show up on your skin tone or too light of a shade that it will look like you have frosted your face with too light of a foundation. This is simple, however it can be very tricky within these parameters to find the right shade for your skin tone. The best way to find the right shade is to swatch the highlighters side by side on your skin. I had been wearing the same highlighter for a long time and the shade looked right to me until I swatched it next to another highlighter that was a bit lighter in shade. Next to the lighter toned highlighter, my current highlighter looked far too close to my own skin tone which explains why it never showed up as well as I would have liked.
  3. Application: A huge part in getting highlighters to look like they do on favorite makeup artists is in the application. I had been applying my powder highlighter with a fan brush and it just gave a very subtle glow but when I sprayed that brush with a makeup setting spray (I like MAC's fix +) it picked up so much more pigment and showed up ten times more vibrant on my skin that without the fix +. When applying liquid or creme highlighters it's important to pat the highlighter on rather than completely rubbing it into the skin. This ensures that the glow stays in the spot you want it and retains all of its pigment.
I hope this helps you achieve the highlight you've been striving for. If you have any questions about getting that glow just right feel free to ask in the comments!








Avene Thermal Spring Water Beauty Products

Monday, May 1, 2017

Thermal Spring Water Mist can be found here // Complexion Correcting Shield can be found here

For all of you struggling with sensitive skin like me, I'm so excited to share the Avène Eau Thermale products that have seriosuly transformed my skin. The products contain thermal spring water from Avène, France that has been used to treat sensitive skin and skin conditions since 1743. The thermal spring water mist soothes and calms my skin like nothing else I've tried and the Complexion Correcting Shield blurs imperfections, hydrates the skin and provides the perfect amount of coverage while protecting skin with SPF 50+. All products are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and free of any fragrance or parabens. To shop all Avène Eau Thermale products go to http://www.aveneusa.com

Day at Disneyland

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Plus my secret hacks to get the most out of your trip

Mickey Macaron is from The Jolly Holiday Bakery
I recently spent a day at Disneyland and had the most magical time! I hadn't been in about three years so I wanted to be sure that I made the most out of this trip and fit in as much fun and excitement as I could! 
One of my favorite things to do at Disneyland is explore Fanstayland and Toon Town. You really feel like you're in a fairy tale in these two lands and there are so many hidden gems, secrets and magic in these two areas of the park! 
 When going to Disneyland, I love being able to just take in the magic of it all. Every detail of every building and attraction is just perfect and I love exploring the castle or even just admiring the atmosphere of each incredible land of Disneyland. It can be tough to do Disneyland in one day and be able to enjoy every aspect of it. You want to be able to go on your favorite rides, see the parades, gaze at the fireworks display while also taking time to leisurely explore all of the magic the park offers. 

Before heading up for my trip, I did all the research possible to find the best hacks, tips, tricks and secrets to save time, money and explore all the hidden gems of Disneyland. I've been to Disneyland many times throughout my life so I already knew many of these tips but I tested out some new ones myself this past trip and have put together my ultimate Disneyland hacks for you guys so you can enjoy every second at Disneyland!


My 5 Tried and Tested Disneyland Hacks:

  1. FastPasses: Use fast passes as often as possible! Getting a fastpass for a busy ride as soon as you enter the park is essential. My absolute best tip for using fast passes is to get your next fastpass right when the time slot for your current fast pass starts before going on the ride. You'll make the best use of your time this way!
  2. Parade spot: I had read that there was one spot between the matterhorn and castle that isn't roped off until 30 minutes before the parade. I was standing somewhere between the two and trying to bring up the video on my phone that I had watched that mentioned the hack. While frantically trying to do this, a Disney cast member suddenly clings a rope from one pole to the pole I was leaning against. I was next to the secret section the whole time but was on the wrong side of the pole! Once the rope is put up they do not let you climb under it, you have to go all the way around and it was already full by the time we tried! So to be sure you get the secret viewing spot for the parade, look for the popcorn cart to the right of the castle (between the matterhorn and castle) and stand to the left of the popcorn cart (if you are looking at the castle) ensuring you are in between two poles which the rope will be tied across! 
  3. Getting a cute castle picture free of the crowds: Even on a not so busy day this can be impossible to achieve! The castle can be pretty difficult to get a photo in front of without any other people in it but if you have someone hold the camera low (angling the lens up to get as much of the top of the castle as possible) and don't mind not getting a full body shot, you can get a photo like the one of me below! There were actually hoards of people around me but you would never know.
  4. Beating the Fantasyland ride waits: Ride the Fantasyland rides first! After getting your first fast pass, get on Peter Pan (which gets unbearably long waits throughout the entire day) and then ride any other Fantasyland ride you want. These rides have the shortest waits in the morning and really don't die down after the first hour the park opens.
  5. Finding characters and checking wait times: The best thing you can do for your Disney trip is to download the official Disneyland app! The app not only shows you the map but shows the current wait time of each ride, the fastpass return times and now shows which characters are going to be where and at what times! You can also set filters to search just for a certain character or go to the dining filter to see where each restaurant is on the map and bring up its menu!
 I hope these tips help you have the most magical time on your next trip to Disneyland! 


Bing Haus San Diego

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I love sharing local San Diego spots with you guys, especially when they involve coffee or sweets! I recently checked out the adorable Bing Haus cafe which serves the coolest ice cream and frozen treats! Some of their specialties are rolled ice cream, ice cream by the sea, which is soft serve served in a waffle that is shaped like a fish, and melon bingsoo, which is a yummy combo of melon balls, mochi, shaved ice, condensed milk and fun toppings! I tried the ice cream by the sea and it was so delicious not mention perfect for an insta shot! If you're looking for a fun place to get a sweet treat, be sure to check them out!

Pastel Easter Party

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter! I'm so excited to share this pastel Easter party post with you guys! I absolutely love a good party theme and organizing every detail to match said theme. For this post I'm sharing the focal point of my pastel party which is my dessert table! I knew I wanted to bake a cake and came up with this adorable bunny cake idea! I've seen the unicorn cake trend going around instagram and decided to take that idea but make the cake a bunny instead for Easter! 

I think it's so important for the cake to taste as beautiful and unique as it looks, so for this spring party I made a vanilla cake with lemon curd and buttercream filling. I've always loved this one lemon curd cake at Nordstrom cafe (if you've tried it you know how good it is!) so I decided to try making it myself! The cake is 5 layers (using 3 6in x 3in cake pans) I've shared the recipe down below!
I added some lovely Easter accents like this adorable chocolate bunny in a jar surrounded by robins eggs, these super cute plate and napkins and of course lots of easter candy, fresh blooms and light pink balloons. 

Here are a few of my tips for sticking to this pastel theme and creating a seamless dessert table!

  1. When buying Easter candy make sure you get candy that is truly pastel. For example, the Robins Egg brand robin's egg are actually quite bright so I opted for the Cadbury brand robin's eggs that are more pastel.
  2. Mix and match different pastel colors to tie your theme together. Ex: I chose pink plates but light turquoise straws.
  3. A dessert table filled with goodies always looked more pleasing than one with minimal sweets. I know this seems obvious but if you're like me and want to make all the desserts yourself it can be quite overwhelming and you may end up with less sweets on display because baking 5 desserts seems a bit too much. My advice is to make one or two of the dessert dishes yourself and buy the rest store-bought. Some things, like this easter bunny cake really have to be home made and since it takes a lot of time and effort to make I knew I wouldn't have time to make another dessert like macarons. Luckily, Trader Joes sells delicious macarons in their frozen section!

Lemon Curd Vanilla Cake Recipe:

1. Make two boxes of Vanilla Cake mix as directed in three 6in x 3in cake pans. After cooling cakes, remove from pans, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for about 1 hour. Then remove cakes from freezing and cup of domes, and cut each layer in half.

2. Make Lemon Curd, recipe can be found here (I've tried a few recipes and this one works best for me)
3. After lemon curd has set, this could take a couple of hours, make Vanilla buttercream, recipe can be found here (tip: for truly white frosting use clear vanilla extract)
4. Assemble cake alternating filling the layers with buttercream and lemon curd. 
5. Frost cake and add eyelashes and nose. 
6. Lastly, add bunny ears and fresh flowers